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Bennington performing with Linkin Park at Rock im Park in June 2014
Chester Charles Bennington

(1976-03-20)March 20, 1976
DiedJuly 20, 2017(2017-07-20) (aged 41)
Cause of death Suicide by hanging
  • Singer
  • songwriter
  • musician
  • actor
Years active1992–2017
  • Samantha Olit
    (m. 1996;div. 2005)
  • Talinda Bentley(m. 2006)
Musical career
Associated acts
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Chester Charles Bennington (March 20, 1976 – July 20, 2017) was an American singer, songwriter, musician, and actor. He was best known as the lead vocalist for Linkin Park. He was also lead vocalist for the bands Dead by Sunrise, Grey Daze, and Stone Temple Pilots. Bennington is widely regarded as one of the top rock musicians of the 2000s. Hit Parader magazine placed him at number 46 on their list of the "100 Metal Vocalists of All Time". [1]

Linkin Park American alternative rock band

Linkin Park is an American rock band from Agoura Hills, California. The band's current lineup comprises vocalist/rhythm guitarist Mike Shinoda, lead guitarist Brad Delson, bassist Dave Farrell, DJ/keyboardist Joe Hahn, and drummer Rob Bourdon, all of whom are founding members. Former members include bassist Kyle Christner and vocalists Mark Wakefield and Chester Bennington, the latter being a member until his passing in 2017.

Dead by Sunrise American rock band

Dead by Sunrise was an American rock supergroup formed in 2005 by Linkin Park lead vocalist Chester Bennington. The band also consisted of Amir Derakh, Ryan Shuck, Brandon Belsky, Elias Andra, and Anthony "Fu" Valcic from Julien-K and Orgy. Dead by Sunrise's debut studio album, Out of Ashes, was released worldwide on October 13, 2009.

Stone Temple Pilots American rock band

Stone Temple Pilots are an American rock band from San Diego, California, that originally consisted of Scott Weiland, brothers Dean DeLeo (guitar) and Robert DeLeo, and Eric Kretz (drums). From the band's formation in 1989, its line-up remained unchanged until the firing of Weiland in February 2013. Linkin Park vocalist Chester Bennington joined the band in May 2013. In November 2015, Bennington left the band to focus solely on Linkin Park. On December 3, 2015, Weiland was found dead on his tour bus before a performance with his band The Wildabouts. In 2016, the band launched an online audition for a new lead vocalist.On November 14, 2017, Jeff Gutt became the new singer of the band.


Bennington first gained prominence as a vocalist following the release of Linkin Park's debut album, Hybrid Theory , in 2000, which became a commercial success. The album was certified Diamond by the Recording Industry Association of America in 2005, making it the best-selling debut album of the decade, as well as one of the few albums ever to hit that many sales. [2] Linkin Park's following studio albums, from Meteora (2003) to One More Light (2017), continued the band's success. Linkin Park has sold over 100 million records worldwide making them the best-selling band of the 21st century and one of the best-selling artists of all time.

<i>Hybrid Theory</i> 2000 studio album by Linkin Park

Hybrid Theory is the debut studio album by American rock band Linkin Park, released on October 24, 2000, through Warner Bros. Records. As of 2017, the album has been certified diamond by the RIAA for sales in the band's home country of United States, with over eleven million units, peaking at number two on the US Billboard 200, and it also has reached high positions on other charts worldwide, with 32 million copies sold, making it the best-selling debut album since Guns N' Roses' Appetite for Destruction (1987) and the best-selling rock album of the 21st century.

In the United States, the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) awards certification based on the number of albums and singles sold through retail and other ancillary markets. Other countries have similar awards. Certification is not automatic; for an award to be made, the record label must request certification. The audit is conducted against net shipments after returns, which includes albums sold directly to retailers and one-stops, direct-to-consumer sales and other outlets.

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The Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) is a trade organization that represents the recording industry in the United States. Its members consist of record labels and distributors, which the RIAA says "create, manufacture and/or distribute approximately 85% of all legally sold recorded music in the United States." The RIAA headquarters is in Washington, D.C.

Bennington formed his own band, Dead by Sunrise, as a side project in 2005. The band's debut album, Out of Ashes , was released on October 13, 2009. He became the lead singer of Stone Temple Pilots in 2013 to release the extended play record High Rise on October 8, 2013, via their own record label, Play Pen, but left in 2015 to focus solely on Linkin Park. He also appeared in cameo roles in several films, including Crank , Crank: High Voltage and Saw 3D . [3]

<i>Out of Ashes</i> 2009 studio album by Dead by Sunrise

Out of Ashes is the only studio album by American rock band Dead by Sunrise, which consisted of Linkin Park lead vocalist Chester Bennington and Amir Derakh, Ryan Shuck, Anthony 'Fu' Valcic, Brandon Belsky, and Elias Andra of Julien-K. It was released on October 13, 2009 through Warner Bros. Records, to mixed to positive reception. The album was produced by Howard Benson. The album charted in a respectably high position in the Billboard 200, peaking at #29. The album spawned three singles, "Crawl Back In", "Let Down", and "Fire". The album achieved moderate success in the US charts.

Extended play musical recording longer than a single, but shorter than a full album

An extended play record, often referred to as an EP, is a musical recording that contains more tracks than a single, but is usually unqualified as an album or LP. Contemporary EPs generally contain a minimum of three tracks and maximum of six tracks, and are considered "less expensive and time-consuming" for an artist to produce than an album. An EP originally referred to specific types of vinyl records other than 78 rpm standard play (SP) and LP, but it is now applied to mid-length CDs and downloads as well.

<i>High Rise</i> (EP) 2013 EP by Stone Temple Pilots

High Rise is the first studio EP by American rock band Stone Temple Pilots, released on October 8, 2013 through Play Pen, LLC. It is the first release by the band without former lead vocalist Scott Weiland, who was fired from the band in February 2013. It instead features Chester Bennington of Linkin Park on lead vocals, and the band is credited on the EP as Stone Temple Pilots with Chester Bennington. However, this would prove to be the sole release to feature Bennington before his departure from the band in 2015 and death in 2017.

On July 20, 2017, Bennington was found dead at his home in Palos Verdes Estates, California. His death was ruled a suicide by hanging. [4]

Palos Verdes Estates, California City in California

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Suicide by hanging is the act of intentionally killing oneself via suspension from an anchor-point or ligature point by a ligature or by jumping from a height with a noose around the neck.

Early life

Chester Charles Bennington was born on March 20, 1976, in Phoenix, Arizona. His mother was a nurse, while his father was a police detective who worked on child sexual abuse cases. [5] [6] Bennington took an interest in music at a young age, citing the bands Depeche Mode and Stone Temple Pilots as his earliest inspirations, [7] and dreamed of becoming a member of Stone Temple Pilots, which he later achieved when he became their lead singer. [8]

Phoenix, Arizona State capital city in Arizona, United States

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Depeche Mode English band

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Bennington suffered sexual abuse from an older male friend when he was seven years old. [9] He was afraid to ask for help because he did not want people to think he was gay or lying, and the abuse continued until he was 13 years old. [10] Years later, he revealed the abuser's identity to his father, but chose not to pursue him after he realized the abuser was a victim himself. [11]

Sexual abuse, also referred to as molestation, is usually undesired sexual behavior by one person upon another. It is often perpetrated using force or by taking advantage of another. When force is immediate, of short duration, or infrequent, it is called sexual assault. The offender is referred to as a sexual abuser or molester. The term also covers any behavior by an adult or older adolescent towards a child to stimulate any of the involved sexually. The use of a child, or other individuals younger than the age of consent, for sexual stimulation is referred to as child sexual abuse or statutory rape.

Bennington's parents divorced when he was 11 years old. The abuse and his situation at home affected him so much that he felt the urge to kill people and run away. [10] To comfort himself, he drew pictures and wrote poetry and songs. [10] After the divorce, Bennington's father gained custody of him. [6] Bennington started abusing alcohol, marijuana, opium, cocaine, meth, and LSD. [7] [11] [6] He was physically bullied in high school. In an interview, he said that he was "knocked around like a rag doll at school, for being skinny and looking different". [12]  

At the age of 17, Bennington moved in with his mother. He was banned from leaving the house for a time when his mother discovered his drug activity. [6] He worked at a Burger King before starting his career as a professional musician. [7]


Early acts

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Bennington performing in 1994

Bennington first began singing with a band called Sean Dowdell and His Friends? They released an eponymous three-track cassette in 1993. Later, Dowdell and Bennington moved on to form a new band, Grey Daze, a post-grunge band from Phoenix, Arizona. The band recorded three albums: Demo in 1993, Wake/Me in 1994, and sun today in 1997. Bennington left Grey Daze in 1998, but struggled to find another band. [13]

Linkin Park

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Bennington performing with Linkin Park in 2007

Bennington was frustrated and almost ready to quit his musical career altogether when Jeff Blue, the vice president of artists and repertoire at Zomba Music in Los Angeles, offered him an audition with the future members of Linkin Park. [13] Bennington quit his day job at a digital services firm [6] and took his family to California, where he had a successful audition with Linkin Park, who were then called Xero. [13] He managed to record the song for his audition in a day, missing his own birthday celebration in the process. Bennington and Mike Shinoda, the band's other vocalist, made significant progress together, but failed to find a record deal. [13] After facing numerous rejections, Blue, now a vice president of artists and repertoire at Warner Bros., intervened again to help the band sign with Warner Bros. Records. [13]

On October 24, 2000, Linkin Park released their debut album, Hybrid Theory , through Warner Bros. Records. Bennington and Shinoda wrote the lyrics to Hybrid Theory based on some early material. [5] Shinoda characterized the lyrics as interpretations of universal feelings, emotions, and experiences, and as "everyday emotions you talk about and think about." [14] [15] Bennington later described the songwriting experience to Rolling Stone magazine in early 2002, "It's easy to fall into that thing – 'poor, poor me', that's where songs like 'Crawling' come from: I can't take myself. But that song is about taking responsibility for your actions. I don't say 'you' at any point. It's about how I'm the reason that I feel this way. There's something inside me that pulls me down." [5]

Bennington primarily served as Linkin Park's lead vocalist, but occasionally shared the role with Shinoda. All Music Guide described Bennington's vocals as "higher-pitched" and "emotional", in contrast to Shinoda's hip-hop-style delivery. [7] Both members also worked together to write lyrics for the band's songs. [16]

Dead by Sunrise

Bennington co-founded Dead by Sunrise, an electronic rock band from Los Angeles, California, with Orgy and Julien-K members Amir Derakh and Ryan Shuck in 2005. [17] [18] Dead by Sunrise made their live debut in May 2008, performing four songs at the 13th anniversary party for Club Tattoo in Tempe, Arizona. [19]

The band released their debut album Out of Ashes on October 13, 2009. [20]

Stone Temple Pilots

In February 2013, Stone Temple Pilots parted ways with long-time lead singer Scott Weiland. The band recruited Bennington to replace Weiland in May 2013. On May 18, 2013, Bennington took the stage at KROQ's Weenie Roast with the band. The setlist included original Stone Temple Pilots songs, as well as their first single with Bennington on vocals called "Out of Time", which debuted on May 19 and was available for free download via their official website. It was later announced by Chester and the band in an exclusive KROQ interview that he was officially the new frontman of Stone Temple Pilots and discussed the possibility of a new album and tour. The song "Out of Time" is featured on their EP High Rise , which was released on October 8, 2013. [21]

Bennington reflected on joining Stone Temple Pilots, stating, "Every band has its own kind of vibe. Stone Temple Pilots has this sexier, more classic rock feel to it. Linkin Park is a very modern, very tech-heavy type of band. I grew up listening to these guys. When this opportunity came up, it was just like a no-brainer." Bennington stated in interviews that singing lead vocals in Stone Temple Pilots was his lifelong dream. He left the band on good terms due to his commitments with Linkin Park in 2015. [8] [22]

Personal life

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Bennington performing with Linkin Park at the 2009 Sonisphere Festival

Bennington had a child, Jaime (born May 12, 1996), from his relationship with Elka Brand. [23] In 2006, he adopted Brand's other son, Isaiah [23] (born November 8, 1997). He married his first wife, Samantha Marie Olit, on October 31, 1996. [24] They had one child together, Draven Sebastian (born April 19, 2002). [23] Bennington's relationship with his first wife declined during his early years with Linkin Park, and they divorced in 2005. [25] In 2006, he married Talinda Ann Bentley, a former Playboy model with whom he had three children: Tyler Lee Bennington (born March 16, 2006) and twins Lilly and Lila (born November 6, 2011). [26]

Chester and Talinda Bennington were harassed by a cyberstalker named Devon Townsend (not to be confused with Canadian musician Devin Townsend) for almost a year. Townsend was found guilty of tampering with the couple's email, as well as sending threatening messages, and was later sentenced to two years in prison. [27]

Bennington struggled with drug and alcohol abuse. Eventually, after his bandmates held an intervention in 2006, [28] Bennington was able to overcome his drug addiction; he would go on to denounce drug use in future interviews. [29] In 2011, he said he had quit drinking, noting, "I just don't want to be that person anymore." [30]

Bennington was a tattoo enthusiast. [31] He had done work and promotions with Club Tattoo, a tattoo parlor in Tempe, Arizona. Club Tattoo is owned by Sean Dowdell, Bennington's friend since high school with whom he played in two bands. [32] [33] Bennington was a fan of the Phoenix Suns, [34] [35] Arizona Cardinals, Arizona Diamondbacks, and Arizona Coyotes. [36]

In a January 2011 interview, in response to the 2011 Tucson shooting, Bennington said, "There's a non-violent way to express yourself and get your point across – regardless of what you're saying or what your point is. In a free society, people have a right to believe whatever they want to believe. That's their business and they can speak their mind. But nobody, even in a free society, has the right to take another person's life. Ever. That's something that we really need to move beyond." [37]

Health and injuries

Bennington was plagued with poor health during the making of Meteora , and struggled to attend some of the album's recording sessions. [38] In the summer of 2003, he began to suffer from extreme abdominal pain and gastrointestinal issues while filming the music video for "Numb" in Prague. He was forced to return to the United States for surgery, and filmed the remainder of the music video in Los Angeles. [39] [40]

Bennington sustained a wrist injury in October 2007 while attempting to jump off a platform during a show in Melbourne at the Rod Laver Arena. Despite the injury, he continued to perform the entire show with a broken wrist, before heading to the emergency room. He received five stitches. [41] [42]

In 2011, Bennington fell ill again, and Linkin Park was forced to cancel three shows and reschedule two from the A Thousand Suns World Tour. [43] Bennington injured his shoulder during the band's tour in Asia and was advised by doctors to have immediate surgery, cancelling their final show at Pensacola Beach, Florida, and ending their tour. [44]

Bennington injured his ankle in January 2015 during a basketball game. [45] He attempted to cope with the injury and perform with the aid of crutches and a knee scooter. Linkin Park later canceled the remainder of their tour to allow Bennington to undergo surgery and recover. [46] [47] [48]


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Bennington performing in July 2017, two weeks before his death

Bennington was found dead at his home in Palos Verdes Estates, California; his housekeeper discovered his body around 9:00 a.m. PDT on July 20, 2017. [49] [50] His death was ruled a suicide by hanging. Mike Shinoda confirmed his death on Twitter, writing, "Shocked and heartbroken, but it's true. An official statement will come out as soon as we have one". [51] On July 21, Brian Elias, the chief of operations for the office of the medical examiner-coroner, confirmed that a half-empty bottle of alcohol was found at the scene, but no other drugs were present. [52] The band announced that they had canceled the North American leg of their One More Light Tour following Bennington's death and that tickets would be refunded. [53]

Bennington's funeral was held at South Coast Botanic Garden in Palos Verdes, California, on July 29. In addition to his family members and close friends, many musicians who toured or played with Linkin Park were also in attendance. The service also included a full stage for musical tributes. [54] Bennington was cremated. [55]

On December 5, 2017, Billboard magazine wrote that Bennington's toxicology report showed "a trace amount" of alcohol in the singer's system at the time of death. [56]

Memorial and tributes

Bennington filmed an episode of Carpool Karaoke six days before his death. Bennington's family allowed the episode to be aired on October 12, 2017. [57] On August 27, during the 2017 MTV Video Music Awards ceremony, Jared Leto received media attention for his tribute to Bennington and Chris Cornell. [58] Some of his former bandmates from Dead by Sunrise and Grey Daze united to perform a tribute for Bennington during a concert on September 2 in Las Vegas. [59] Linkin Park also hosted a public tribute for Bennington in Los Angeles on October 27, titled Linkin Park and Friends: Celebrate Life in Honor of Chester Bennington. The event featured the band's first performance following his death, along with performances from Blink-182, members of System of a Down, Korn, Avenged Sevenfold, Bring Me the Horizon and Yellowcard, and the singer Kiiara, among others. [60] [61] [62]

Rapper Jay-Z paid tribute to Bennington on several occasions by performing "Numb/Encore" live. Jay-Z and Bennington (with Linkin Park) collaborated on the song. Coldplay's Chris Martin paid tribute to Bennington during the band's North American tour concert at MetLife Stadium, playing an acoustic version of "Crawling" on piano. [63] Several other artists, including Ryan Key – formerly of Yellowcard –, rapper Machine Gun Kelly, Imagine Dragons and Godsmack, also either covered Linkin Park songs (usually "Crawling") or played their own songs during concerts as tribute to Bennington in the days and months following his death. During the 60th Annual Grammy Awards's annual in memoriam tribute, rapper Logic performed the song "1-800-273-8255" live alongside Alessia Cara and Khalid as a tribute to both Cornell and Bennington. The song's title is the phone number of the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline. [64]

Connections to Chris Cornell's death

Bennington's death occurred on what would have been Chris Cornell's 53rd birthday. [65] Cornell was a close friend of Bennington. Cornell's death was also ruled as suicide, by hanging, two months prior. [65] Bennington commented on Cornell's death on Instagram by stating, "I can't imagine a world without you in it." [65] Shinoda noted that Bennington was very emotional when the band performed "One More Light" in his honor on Jimmy Kimmel Live! , [66] where he could not finish singing the song and started getting choked up during both the rehearsal and at the live performance setting. [67] The band was due to record a live performance of their single "Heavy" on the show, but decided instead to play "One More Light" after hearing the news about Cornell's death because the song is about the loss of a friend. [67] Bennington sang Leonard Cohen's song "Hallelujah" at Cornell's funeral. [65] He was also the godfather of Cornell's son Christopher. [65]

Musical style and influences

Bennington possessed a three octave tenor vocal range, beginning at the low bass G (G2), and reaching its peak at the tenor G (G5). His vocals showed tremendous durability for the entirety of his career. [68] Altheapi of Rolling Stone wrote: "Bennington's voice embodied the anguish and wide-ranging emotions of the lyrics, from capturing life's vulnerable moments to the fury and catharsis found in his belted screams, which he would often move between at the turn of a dime." [69]

Talking about his favorite bands and influences, Bennington mentioned Stone Temple Pilots, Alice in Chains, Arcade Fire, Circle Jerks, Descendents, Deftones, Jane's Addiction, Metallica, Ministry, Minor Threat, Misfits, The Naked and Famous, Nine Inch Nails, Nirvana, Pearl Jam, Refused, Skinny Puppy, Soundgarden, and A Tribe Called Quest. [70] [71] Bennington also considered himself as "a huge Madonna fan", crediting her for making him grow up wanting to be a musician. [72]


Several publications have commented on the music legacy Bennington left with the bands and projects he worked in. [73] [74] While describing the success of Bennington and Linkin Park, Allmusic's Andrew Leahey said, "Although rooted in alternative metal, Linkin Park became one of the most successful acts of the 2000s by welcoming elements of hip-hop, modern rock, and atmospheric electronica into their music ... focusing as much on the vocal interplay between singer Chester Bennington and rapper Mike Shinoda". [75] Writing for Billboard , Dan Weiss stated that Bennington "turned nu-metal universal," as he was "clearly an important conduit for his far-ranging audience". [76]

The New York Times ' Jon Caramanica commented that Bennington's ability to "pair serrated rawness with sleek melody" separated him from other contemporary singers, and also from the artists he was influenced by. Caramanica noted, "He was an emo sympathizer in a time when heavy metal was still setting the agenda for mainstream hard rock, and a hip-hop enthusiast who found ways to make hip-hop-informed music that benefited from his very un-hip-hop skill set". As Bennington acquired influences from industrial and hardcore punk acts, the journalist believed this was the factor that made Linkin Park survive the "rise and precipitous fall of the rap-rock era", calling the musician "a rock music polymath". [77] Mikael Wood of the Los Angeles Times argued, "Perhaps more than Linkin Park's influential sound, Bennington's real artistic legacy will be the message he put across – the reassurance he offered from the dark". [78]

BBC's Steve Holden called Bennington the "voice of a generation", saying his voice was arguably Linkin Park's greatest asset. [79] Jonathan McAloon of The Daily Telegraph commented, "Bennington’s death will have an impact on many millennials because his voice was the sound of their millennium". [80] While talking about Linkin Park's popularity, Corey Apar, of AllMusic, commented, "Bennington's oft-tortured vocals became one of the most distinctive in the alternative rock scene". [81] Writing for The Guardian , Ben Beaumont-Thomas noted "Bennington’s decision to sing clearly and openly was, therefore, more radical than he is given credit for, and indeed more socially valuable". The journalist continued to discuss Bennington's impact, commenting,

James Hingle echoed this sentiment, writing for Kerrang! he said that Bennington "was one of the most honest vocalists out there when it came to his mental health". [83] In the same topic, William Goodman from Billboard said Bennington and fellow musicians Chris Cornell and Scott Weiland "helped define a generation of the hard rock sound, who were tied together artistically and personally". [84]

The Straits Times ' music correspondent Eddino Abdul Hadi stated Bennington was an inspiration to many artists in the Singapore music scene. [85] Calum Slingerland, editor of the Canadian periodical Exclaim! , expressed, "[H]is influence has been felt in the worlds of rock, metal, rap, and beyond". [86]

After Bennington's death, his wife Talinda Bennington launched a campaign called 320 Changes Direction in honor of her husband to help break the stigma surrounding mental health.

Other works

In 2005, Bennington appeared on "Walking Dead", the lead single from turntablist Z-Trip's debut album Shifting Gears . Bennington also made a surprise guest appearance during Z-Trip's performance at the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival in 2005. [87] He also joined Alice in Chains and performed the song "Man in the Box" at KROQ's Inland Invasion Festival in 2006. [88] [89] Bennington performed with Kings of Chaos during their six-show 2016 concert tour. [90]

Album contributions

2002 Stone Temple Pilots "Wonderful (Live)" The Family Values 2001 Tour
2002Chester Bennington"System" Queen of the Damned soundtrack
Cyclefly "Karma Killer" Crave
DJ Lethal "State of the Art"N/A
2004 Handsome Boy Modeling School featuring DJ Q-bert, Grand Wizard Theodore, Jazzy Jay, Lord Finesse, Mike Shinoda, Rahzel & Chester Bennington / Tim Meadows "Rock N' Roll (Could Never Hip Hop Like This) (Part 2) / Knockers" White People
2005 Z-Trip "Walking Dead" Shifting Gears
Mötley Crüe "Home Sweet Home" (remake)N/A
2006Chester Bennington"Morning After (Julien-K Remix)" Underworld: Evolution (soundtrack)
Mindless Self Indulgence "What Do They Know? (Mindless Self Indulgence Vs. Julien-K & Chester Bennington Remix)"Another Mindless Rip Off
2007 Young Buck "Slow Ya Roll" Buck the World
2008/2010 Chris Cornell "Hunger Strike (Live at Projekt Revolution 2008)" Songs from the Underground

A Decade Underground

2010 Santana featuring Chester Bennington & Ray Manzarek "Riders on the Storm" (The Doors cover) Guitar Heaven: The Greatest Guitar Classics of All Time
2019 Mark Morton featuring Chester Bennington"Cross Off" Anesthetic [91] [92]

Music producer

Bennington executive-produced the 2012 debut EP Us–You for Los Angeles hard rock band Hellflower, which is fronted by his long-time friend and Director of Activities (D.O.A.) Church. [93]


Bennington made a cameo appearance in the 2006 film Crank as a customer in a pharmacy. [94] He later appeared as a horse-track spectator in the film's 2009 sequel, Crank: High Voltage . [95] Bennington also played the role of the ill-fated racist Evan in the 2010 film Saw 3D . [96] He was one of several rock musicians who spoke about the industry on Jared Leto's 2012 documentary, Artifact . [97]

Bennington was working with Church on developing an upcoming television show, Mayor of the World, with executive producer Trip Taylor. [98]

2006 Crank Pharmacy Stoner [94]
2009 Crank: High Voltage Hollywood Park Guy [95]
2010 Saw 3D Evan [99]
2012 Artifact Himself [97]

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<i>The Hunting Party</i> (album) Linkin Park album

The Hunting Party is the sixth studio album by American rock band Linkin Park. The album, produced by band members Mike Shinoda and Brad Delson, was released by Warner Bros. Records and Machine Shop on June 13, 2014. It is the first album since Meteora (2003) not to be produced with Rick Rubin, after producing the band's previous three studio albums. The title The Hunting Party is a contextual metaphor: Linkin Park is the party that is hunting to bring back the energy and soul of rock.

Heavy (Linkin Park song) Linkin Park song

"Heavy" is a song by American rock band Linkin Park, featuring guest vocals from American singer Kiiara. The song is the first single from their seventh studio album, One More Light. The song was written by Linkin Park members Chester Bennington, Brad Delson, and Mike Shinoda, alongside Julia Michaels and Justin Tranter. The single was released for download on February 16, 2017, and was premiered on radio on February 21. It is the band's last single to be released during Bennington's lifetime.

<i>One More Light</i> 2017 studio album by Linkin Park

One More Light is the seventh studio album by American rock band Linkin Park. It was released on May 19, 2017, through Warner Bros. and Machine Shop. It is the last Linkin Park record to feature lead vocalist Chester Bennington before his death on July 20, 2017.

One More Light (song) Linkin Park song

"One More Light" is a song by American rock band Linkin Park. It is the ninth and title track from their seventh studio album of the same name, as well as their last single with longtime lead vocalist Chester Bennington. The song was co-written with Eg White about a friend of the band, Amy Zaret, who had died of cancer. The song was released to US contemporary hit radio on October 3, 2017 as the album's third single. It is Bennington's second posthumously released single.

Darker Than the Light That Never Bleeds Linkin Park and Steve Aoki song

"Darker Than the Light That Never Bleeds" is a mashup remix song by American electro house musician Steve Aoki. Remixing and mashing up the songs "A Light That Never Comes" and "Darker Than Blood", both of which were collaboratively written and recorded by Linkin Park and Aoki, it is a tribute by Aoki to Linkin Park's late lead singer Chester Bennington following his death. It was released as a single on September 8, 2017.

Linkin Park and Friends: Celebrate Life in Honor of Chester Bennington was a tribute concert by American rock band Linkin Park. The concert was held to honor their frontman, Chester Bennington, who died by suicide on July 20, 2017. The concert took place on October 27, 2017, at the Hollywood Bowl. This was Linkin Park's first performance following Bennington's death. The concert featured various artists, including Blink-182, members of System of a Down, Korn, Avenged Sevenfold, Sum 41, Bring Me the Horizon, Civil Twilight, A Day to Remember, Yellowcard, and Kiiara.

<i>Post Traumatic</i> (EP) 2018 EP by Mike Shinoda

Post Traumatic is the first EP by Mike Shinoda, vocalist, keyboardist and guitarist of American rock band Linkin Park. The EP, being his first solo release, was released on January 25, 2018, by Warner Bros. and Machine Shop.


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